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VSPackages are software modules that extend the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE) by providing UI elements, services, projects, editors, and designers.

VSPackage Essentials

Presents the important elements of a VSPackage.

Implementing the IVsPackage Interface

Explains how to implement the IVsPackage interface.

Managed VSPackages

Explains how to create VSPackages in managed code.

Developing VSPackages By Using the Visual Studio Library

Explains how to use the Visual Studio Library template classes to develop VSPackages in unmanaged code.

Registering VSPackages

Discusses how to register a VSPackage.

How to: Troubleshoot VSPackages

Discusses problems that you may experience with your VSPackage and gives tips for solving them.

How to: Write to the Activity Log

Discusses the use of an activity log to help with debugging VSPackages in retail environments.

Loading VSPackages

Explains how and when VSPackages are loaded by Visual Studio.

VSPackage State

Explains how to save, restore, and change the state of a VSPackage.

VSPackage Branding

Shows how to advertise a VSPackage within Visual Studio.

Best Practices for Security in VSPackages

Helps you to create more secure products by understanding security vulnerabilities.

Visual Studio Integration Architecture

Describes Visual Studio and its IDE, and introduces strategies and techniques for extending the IDE.